The Average Wedding Videographer Cost You Should Know

Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments in your life, a day filled with love, joy, and the promise of a future together. Capturing these fleeting moments requires the eye and expertise of a professional wedding videographer, someone who can weave the day's emotions into a visual tale as timeless as your love story. But how much should this invaluable service cost? In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the average cost of hiring a wedding videographer, what's included in wedding video packages, and how to make room in your budget for this must-have service.

Understanding the Average Wedding Videographer Cost

When planning your wedding, it's essential to grasp the many factors that play into the cost of videography. From the videographer’s experience to their equipment, as well as the duration of coverage, many variables affect the final price. Nationally, prices can vary widely, with local market rates influencing costs as much as the videographer's notoriety.

National Averages vs. Local Pricing Differences

On average, couples in the U.S. can expect to spend somewhere between $2,000 to $5,000 for professional wedding videography services. However, this range is highly dependent on your location, with prices in metropolitan areas often on the higher end due to increased demand and operating costs.

Breakdown of Our 2024 Wedding Videography Packages

Starting Prices and What’s Included

We’re excited to announce that our 2024 wedding video packages start at $4,400. This package includes:

  • One wedding videographer.
  • A 6-7 minute highlight film showcasing the best moments of your day.
  • A captivating 30-second Instagram reel.
  • Nine hours of coverage, typically enough to document your entire day from preparations to the dance floor.

A Few Of Our Optional Add-Ons

Understanding that each couple’s needs are unique, we offer a variety of add-ons to enhance your wedding film. Some of these include:

  • Drone footage for breathtaking aerial shots.
  • An extra tripod cam for your ceremony.
  • Full ceremony video to relive every vow.
  • Blooper reels for a touch of humor.
  • Doc edits and private vow cuts for a more personalized touch.

These additions ensure your wedding video is as unique as your love story, allowing you to cherish every memory in vivid detail.

How to Budget for Your Wedding Videography

Allocating funds for your wedding videography is crucial. Here are a few tips:

  • Start by setting a priority list for your wedding expenses. If videography is high on your list, consider adjusting other areas to ensure you can invest in a quality videographer.
  • Remember, a professional wedding video is more than a service; it's an investment in preserving memories that will last a lifetime.

Comparing Quality vs. Cost in Wedding Videography

While it’s tempting to opt for lower-cost options, it’s essential to understand what you’re getting. Professional videographers bring not only their time but also their expertise, sophisticated equipment, and a creative vision, transforming fleeting moments into stories you’ll treasure forever. When comparing costs, keep in mind that quality comes at a price.

The True Cost of "Affordable" Wedding Videography

In the quest for affordable wedding videography, many couples fall into the trap of price shopping, prioritizing budget over quality, in hopes of finding the most cost-effective option. However, this approach seldom pays off, echoing the adage "buy cheap, buy twice." Unlike other wedding elements that offer do-overs, your wedding day is a one-time event. The saying takes on a unique significance in this context because, frankly, you can't reshoot your wedding day, and it's unlikely you plan on getting married again to correct video regrets.

Choosing a wedding videographer based on budget alone can lead to disappointment. Shooting video, capturing clear audio, and then weaving these elements into a compelling story that mirrors your personalities require a significantly higher level of skill and creativity than what budget videographers typically offer. It's a reminder that wedding videography should not be an afterthought or secondary to photography in your budget. Unlike photographs, a wedding film unfolds your love story dynamically, with spoken words, music, and motion, making every smile, tear, and dance move a part of an unforgettable narrative.

Opting for an affordable team might seem like a savvy choice initially, but the nuances of crafting a unique wedding film — from selecting poignant audio clips and fitting music genres to constructing shot sequences that narratively and emotionally engage — delineates the professional from the "cheap." It's crucial to recognize that a videographer is tasked with more than merely documenting the day; they are responsible for storytelling. And storytelling, especially one that encapsulates the essence of a couple's unique bond and wedding day vibes, is an art that far transcends the realm of budget videography.

Testimonials and Real Wedding Highlights

Don't just take our word for it. Our portfolio of testimonials and wedding films demonstrates the lasting impact a professional wedding video can have. Each story is a testament to the value of capturing love in motion, a narrative of emotions preserved for generations.

A Review From One Of Our Brides

"If you are considering CGM for your wedding day, the answer is-YES! Working with Chadwick exceeded our expectations. He is professional, responsive, and perfectly captures your personality as a couple. We decided to include add-ons instead of just the one highlight video. We are so happy that we went with this decision, and now have a collection of special moments throughout our wedding day. We really liked the idea of a blooper video to better capture everyone's personality and have a memory of the funny little moments that go unseen. We told him we wanted it "The Office" theme and without hesitation he made this idea come to life. He is open minded and welcomes new ideas. We really love that he doesn't create "cookie cutter" videos. He takes the time to get to know who is is working with and films/puts together videos geared towards the couple. The add-ons are key; we also included first look/vows, reception speeches, dances, first look with dad, and Instagram highlight film. Not only do we cherish these videos, but our friends and families love to look back at our video collection.
We love that he gave us the opportunity to be a part of the creative process and welcomed our ideas. Highly recommend working with him! Thank you CGM productions :)


When planning your wedding, remember that investing in a skilled videographer is investing in the timeless retelling of your love story. Avoid the pitfalls of prioritizing cost over quality in videography; the inability to redo the day means it's paramount to choose wisely, valuing expertise and artistic vision over the allure of saving money. After all, in the grand scheme of planning for a day as significant as your wedding, ensuring the story is told beautifully and authentically through video is an investment worth making.

We invite you to explore what CGM Productions can offer. Reach out to us for inquiries or to book a consultation. Your story deserves to be told beautifully, and we’re here to capture every moment.

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Investing in professional videography ensures that its beauty, emotion, and spirit are captured eternally.

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